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on 31 January 2003
After reading the first several stories, I started having the feeling that I was reading what Stephen King would write in response to assignments in a creative writing class, like "Write a story about a man mistaken for dead in an autopsy room", or "Write a story about a man being interrogated in a Central American country." Then there's the story illustrated on the cover, "Write a Grand Guignol slapstic comedy".
I don't really mean this as a put-down because many of these are worth reading. I especially enjoyed the "Write a story about a tired traveling salesman" one, though I noticed some readers especially disliked that one.
The title story was my favorite. I quite sympathized with the kid who thought he had a dream job until the reality of what he's doing crashes in on him.
All in all, this isn't representative of King's best short story writing, but it's good enough to please his biggest fans.
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